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Post by TNRabbit » Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:17 pm

BillD wrote:I'm getting set up to digitize all of my vinyl right now. What I am going to do is connect my turntable to my modified C-4000 (really quieted down the phono section using great op amps among many other things). That will go into the TGP-III for digitation (probably use one of the analog only inputs) I will take digital out of the Sunfire (it has 24 bit analog-to-digital converters) into a box that converts S/PDIF to USB input (i.e., avoid a sound card). I have some software (spin-it-again) that will take the USB input to a file, and has other software to do digital crackle and pop supression, track division, etc. I doubt I will need much noise reduction because the C-4000 correlator noise reduction circuits are also modified to work much better. It should be a lengthy project. I have about 300 surviving albums to convert (1 a day for the next year). Many thanks to jvandyke_texas.
Sounds like a very ambitious project--Good luck!
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Post by treitz3 » Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:30 pm

Hey BillD, if you want to unload those albums after ripping I know of [me] someone [me], but I won't mention [me] any names [me], that will buy them.

LMK when the time comes if you are interested.
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Post by Toy Maker » Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:46 pm

treitz3 wrote:Hey BillD, if you want to unload those albums after ripping I know of [me] someone [me], but I won't mention [me] any names [me], that will buy them.

LMK when the time comes if you are interested.
Silly boy... 300 records in FLAC will be around 175GB... you better buy a external HDD and mail it to him to FILL for you :)

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Post by Toy Maker » Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:00 pm

weitrhino wrote:There was a point in time where I was acquiring music as fast as I could, and that meant mp3. So I started to educate myself knowing full well it is a lossy format, but accepted that trade-off in place of the sheer volume I was getting. In a fairly short order I managed 96 gigs, much of it ripped myself in VBR averaging around 230bps. For mp3 I prefer VBR for the ability to sound as good as mp3 gets without the wasted space of a CBR 320bps file. Most music doesn't require 320 at all points in the stream which needlessly wastes storeage space. This was all done as part of a project I undertook, the basis of which can be found here: http://www.pjrc.com I enjoyed the build process, the collecting, and the reward of a personalized experience. Is it the end-all of high fidelity? No, but it was never intended to be. I now have more music than I'll ever be able to fully digest including the digitization of most of the old vinyl I collected in my younger days. In light of all this I think I have to side with Toymaker's view of the format.

COOL PROJECTS !!!!
I'm in the middle of doing something. I am getting my old micro CAD PC back together. It runs XP, and I plug my 500GB drive in UBS and have my Squeezebox hardwired.
The PC is smaller than the drive. I got it from a friend in Japan that was partners in a company making them at the time. Here's the one I have.
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Post by BillD » Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:43 pm

The machine I will be running the ripping on has a 500 GB internal AND a 500 GB eSATA external drive (along with a 40 GB drive that has the O/S and support tools). Ultimately it will be connected directly to a Squeezebox that as a wireless bridge in my media room. That Squeezebox will service my media room and connect to my router in my office that will connect to the other Squeezebox in the family room. I haven't decided on which computer to have the SqueezeCenter on.
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